There are 10 ways to find information in this collection:
You can search for particular words
that appear in the text from the "search" page that can be reached from other pages by pressing the Search
You can access publications by title
by pressing the Titles A-Z
button. This brings up a list of books in alphabetic order. By pressing one of the letters at the top of the page, you will reach the list of publications whose title begins with that particular letter.
You can access publications by subject
by pressing the Subjects
button. This brings up a list of subjects represented by bookshelves. Pressing one of the subjects button will bring up a list of subcategories. Each one will bring up a list of documents assigned to that subcategory.
You can access publications by keyword
by pressing the Keywords
button. This brings up a list of keywords in alphabetical order. Click on any keyword to view the alphabetical list of publications containing the selected keyword.
You can access publications by publisher
by pressing the Publishers
button. This brings up a list of documents published by a certain category of organizations.
In the top of the page you can access the categories of publishing organizations. There are three types of publications:
- Pressing the WHO Publications button brings up a list of three WHO offices categories: Regional Offices, Country Offices and WHO Collaborative Centers. By accessing one of these three categories, you will reach a list of WHO offices which, when accessed, will display a list of documents published by that particular office.
- Pressing the Joint Publications button brings up a list of documents published by WHO and non-WHO publisher.
- Pressing the Non-WHO Publications will bring up a list of three Non-WHO organizations categories. By accessing each one of these, you will be transferred to the list of organizations under that category, each one allowing you to access the list of documents published by that organization.
You can access publications by author
by pressing the Authors
button. This brings up a list of authors in the alphabetical order of the last name of the author. By pressing one of the letters at the top of the page, you will reach the list of authors whose last name begins with that particular letter.
You can access publications by region
by pressing the Regions
button. At the top of the page you may access the six regions. Pressing each button brings up a list of documents that refer to that particular region.
You can access publications by country
by pressing the Countries
button. At the top of the page you may access the list the geographical regions of the world, according to WHO's classification. Clicking the button of a certain region will bring up a list of countries. By pressing on the country button, you will access the list of documents that refer to that particular country.
You can access publications by keyphrase
by pressing the Index
button. This brings up a list of keyphrases in alphabetical order. Click on any keyphrase to view the alphabetical list of publications containing the selected keyphrase.
You can tell when you have arrived at an individual book because there is a photograph of its front cover at the top right of the page. Beside the photograph is a table of contents. This table is expandable: click on the folders to open or close them.
Underneath is the text of the current section. When you have read through it, there are arrows at the bottom to take you on to the next section or back to the previous one.
In the menu "Documents" at the top there are four buttons. Click on Expand Document to expand out the whole text of the current document, or on Expand Chapter to expand the content of the selected chapter. If the book is large, this could take a long time and use a lot of memory! Click on Full TOC to expand out the whole table of contents so that you can see the titles of all chapters and subsections or on Printable HTML version to open the printable friendly version of the current section.
How to search for particular words
From the search page, you make a query in these simple steps:
- Specify what items you want to search
- Say whether you want to search for all or just some of the words
- Type in the words you want to search for
- Click the Search button
When you make a query, the titles of 50 matching documents will be shown.
There is a button at the end to take you on to the next 50 documents. From
there you will find buttons to take you on to the third 50 or back to the
first 50, and so on. Click the title of any document, or the little button
beside it, to see it.
By default the search returns all the matching results. You can change this option by clicking the Search preferences at the top of the page.
Whatever you type into the query box is interpreted as a list of words called "search terms". Each term contains nothing but alphabetic characters and digits. Terms are separated by white space. If any other characters such as punctuation appear, they serve to separate terms just as though they were spaces. And then they are ignored. You cannot search for words that include punctuation.
For example, the query
Self-Medication and Its Impact on Essential Drugs Schemes in Nepal: A Social-Cultural Research Project - EDM Research Series N° 10
will be treated the same as
Self Medication and Its Impact on Essential Drugs Schemes in Nepal A Social Cultural Research Project EDM Research Series N 10
In most collections you can choose different indexes to search. For example, there might
be author or title indexes. Or there might be chapter or paragraph indexes. Generally,
the full matching document is returned regardless of which index you search.
If documents are books, they will be opened at the appropriate place.
Change search preferences
On the Help page, there are two pairs of buttons that control the case differences and word endings of your queries. The first set of buttons controls whether upper and lower case must match (case differences). The second set controls whether to ignore word endings or not (word endings).
For example, if the buttons ignore case differences and ignore word endings are selected, the query
will be treated the same as
because the uppercase letter in "African" will be transformed to lowercase, and the suffixes "n" and "ing" will be removed from "African" and "building" respectively (also, "s" would be removed from "builds").
Finally, you can control the number of hits returned, and the
number presented on each screenful.
Useful tips to get started in five minutes
You can search publications in this library by typing words to search, by subjects, by title, access series and periodicals, search by publisher, region, country, author, keywords and by keyphrases.
To explore the library click on the covers which appear every five seconds on the home page, scroll the titles a-z list or type your query in the search window.
Use "quotation marks" to search for exact matches of words.
Normally, only one chapter or paragraph is displayed at a time. The [Expand Document] button allows you to view the complete text of the document. Use the [Expand chapter] button to view the entire content of the selected chapter on the same page.
The [Show full Table of Contents] button expands the complete table of contents.
Set your preferences to suit your needs. The number of total hits displayed can be set up to 50.000 or more, with 10 to 500 hits per page. The "ignores word endings" setting augments the number of hits. You can change the preferences to uppercase / lowercase sensitivity if needed.
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